Director Bryan Singer Hits Out At Esquire Ahead Of Article Rehashing Sexual Assault Allegations
Director Bryan Singer has attempted to get ahead of an article he claims could "tarnish" his career. Content warning: This article details sexual assault and child abuse.
The 53-year-old X-Men helmer posted a statement on Instagram claiming that Esquire was planning to publish the story in the future, and alleged the article would "rehash false accusations and bogus lawsuits".
"In today's climate where people's careers are being harmed by mere accusations," Singer's statement reads, "what Esquire is attempting to do is a reckless disregard for the truth, making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsible."
Singer closed out the statement by remarking that the article would be released around the same time as the upcoming film Bohemian Rhapsody, one which Singer will receive a directing credit for despite being fired from the production last December.
During the filming of the Freddie Mercury biopic, Singer was reportedly absent from set for several days, forcing the production to stop. There were also rumours that he and the film's star, Rami Malek, clashed though both have settled on calling it "creative differences on set".
Singer's concern with the upcoming article most likely has to do with the series of allegations of sexual misconduct, abuse and assault that have been levelled against him in the past.
The timeline of allegations against singer goes back as far as 1997 where the parents of a 14-year-old extra on his film Art Pupil sued the director for filming him and other minors in a nude scene without permission.
The suits against the production were dismissed due to insufficient evidence.
Singer has also been sued for assault by former child actor Michael Egan in 2014. Egan later dropped the suit and an apology was issued to the accused. Around the same time, another lawsuit by an anonymous actor was dropped.
Most recently in December 2017, Singer was sued by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman who claimed Singer sexually assaulted him when he was 17 in 2003.
Despite the history and repeated accusations levelled against him, just last month the director was tapped to helm an adaptation of the comic Red Sonja, his first job after being fired from Bohemian Rhapsody.
The Esquire piece has still yet to be published.